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Above is a short video introduction to the American Martial LifeStyle known as KunTao Silat. The beauty of KunTao Silat is that the forms and training methods translate directly into actual combat techniques. Practitioners do not train one way and fight another. Many of KunTao Silat's movements are unique and much of what makes it so effective is rooted in a very unique synergism of legwork and handwork, whether armed or unarmed. KunTao Silat Practitioners build the legwork and handwork into their daily life so they can train constantly. Constant KunTao Silat Training also provides health benefits and helps to correct many chronic postural problems. http://kuntaosilat.org/forum

 Steve Gartin's short introduction to KunTao Silat

KunTao Silat's First Traditional Form

First Form: Djurus Satu.  Having practiced the stances and hand movements from Level One, the student now begins to study traditional choreographed form which carries the combat knowledge from the Indonesian lineage and provides a means of personal practice any where and any time. Djurus Satu is very direct, explosive and offensive. The best defense being a strong offense, Djurus Satu teaches effective self defense understanding and training.

A DVD is available for this level.


  • Two rich martial heritages melded into a synergistic American Martial Lifestyle

  • Historically, kuntao and silat have been practiced by ethnic groups divided by language and cultural diversities.

  • Kuntao was the term describing the ethnic Chinese martial arts and silat was the generic term for the warrior arts practiced by the indigenous Indonesian peoples. 

  • Our GrandTeachers U.Un Surya & Willem de Thouars had the rare privilege of studying both arts in Indonesia. 

  • In the late 1970's and the early 1980's three of the four de Thouars brothers, Willem, Paul and Victor and a Chinese Indonesian I shing Ie grandmaster, U. Un Surya came to Colorado to live and teach.  A small group of dedicated practitioners had the honor of studying with these four world-class grandmasters of kuntao and silat.  Sigung Steve Gartin is among that small group and has meticulously documented, via video, the grand martial journey for posterity.

  • In 1981 KunLun Pai was introduced to the world in an event hosted by Pak Victor de Thouars in Southern California.  This was the first melding of the two diverse martial styles.

  • The brutally hard training and the extreme contact kept the student rolls very small during the first 20 years or so.  Until 1988, none of the de Thouars brothers cared to promote their arts publicly. 

  • In 1993 Steve Gartin introduced KunTao Silat to America.  Maintaining the heart and soul of the two great martial arts, Sigung Gartin adapted training methods geared for the American life-style to the tactical considerations and training required to actually apply silat and kun tao principles in combat. 

  • Seven levels of training take the novice to practitioner level.  We consider a "practitioner" or Guru Muda to be a very good black belt level martial artist. 

  • Practice Leaders conduct KunTao Silat classes all over the world.  It is possible to study at a distance with modern technology, so we do offer a DistanceTraining Program and a vast offering of video and DVD documentaries, seminars and training aids.  We also conduct seminars and workshops and are available by email

  • Martial Arts for The People {not police & military}:

  • Self Defense for everyone enjoying good health.  The secrets of Indonesian and Chinese kuntao and silat martial arts applied to a modern American home self defense training program.  Malabar KunTao Silat is suitable for all ages enjoying a high level of physical conditioning and primarily for those with a good martial arts background.  KunTao and Silat, as Village-style martial arts, focuses on the individual - rather than the agenda of the King.  The individual must be capable of joining in defense of the Village, and must be trained to live at peace with his kinsmen.

  • KunTao & Silat Teachers:

  • the "old timers"  

    KunTao Silat brings the most effective techniques and training methods of the Chinese Shaolin and Indonesian Silat arts together into an easily learned, highly effective, self defense program.  Even learning at a distance is possible now, with the vast library of training and documentary videos and DVDs available to the KunTao Silat student.  KTS is comprised of forms, techniques and training methods of poekoelan pentjak silat systems of Pamur, Ci Calong, CiMande, Serak, Kendang, Si Kwetang, Bondo Waso and Pejut Kilat Silat.  The kuntao styles of Taih Keh, Po Qua Zen, I shing Po, Shantung, Quantung, Fukkien, Hokkien & Fuchin fist arts are also entertwined in the Indonesian Internal/External Chinese martial arts as practiced in Indonesia. 

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